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High School Mobile App Contest Sees Overwhelming Interest

Post Date:01/28/2014 2:15 PM
Gilbert, Ariz. - A record number of high school students from across Arizona will gather this Friday, January 31, to launch the second annual Schools Participate in App Resource and Knowledge (SPARK) App League. In its second year, SPARK App League has more than doubled its participation from 75 to nearly 250 students. 

Students with all skill levels, from as far as Tucson and including a few all-girls teams, will be gathering at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic Campus for a one-day launch event where they will learn the process of developing a mobile application, from design and visualization to code implementation. This event is the official launch of SPARK App League, a three-month contest challenging students to build a mobile application for Gilbert Fire and Rescue.

Why mobile application development? It is projected that by 2020 there will be a high and unmet demand for computer programmers and, according to Code.org, 9 out of 10 schools do not offer computer programming classes to help fill that gap. As a result, Gilbert, Arizona, Intel, and Arizona State University’s College of Technology and Innovation have created this program to address the growing need for educational opportunities in this area and pique student interest before entering college. SPARK App League offers mentorship opportunities and educational events throughout the competition, encouraging students with all skill sets to participate.
 
WHAT:        The Schools Participate in App Resources and Knowledge (SPARK) App League launches with a one-day mobile application development conference with nearly 250 students from across Arizona.

WHEN:        Friday, January 31, 2014, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:      Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, Cooley Ballroom

ABOUT SPARK APP LEAGUE:

Schools Participate in App Resources and Knowledge (SPARK) App League is a partnership with Arizona State University’s College of Technology and Innovation and Intel. The first program of its kind in Arizona and perhaps in the entire nation, SPARK App League’s goal is to encourage and give an opportunity for high school students from across Arizona to develop mobile applications that incorporate science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) in order to provide a better quality of life for the citizens of Gilbert, Arizona.  For more information, please visit www.sparkappleague.com or follow @SPARKAppLeague on Twitter.


Contact Information:

Jennifer Alvarez
Digital Media and Marketing Officer
Town of Gilbert
Office: (480) 503-6789
Cell: (480) 436-9781
Email: jennifer.alvarez@gilbertaz.gov

Jessi Hibsman
Media Relations Manager
ASU - College of Technology & Innovation 
Phone: 480-259-9443
Email: jessi.wilson@asu.edu
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